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Old 01-01-2019, 05:23 PM
Location: NYC
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Originally Posted by selhars View Post
Obviously, not ALL heels have a narrow toe box, or pointed, restrictive toe design.
I've asked, my short friends WHY they keeping wearing heels? Well, because they're short and want to add to their height, of course. Most wear platforms, as opposed to stilettos, so at least the pitch of the foot isn't damaging.

But, most of my short friends just will NOT accept being short, and give up the heels!
ALL heels are dangerous. Regardless of the height. It can easily cause an Achilles tear or ankle damage over time or the wrong step. There is no reason for it other than looks.

Remember, ACL tears are almost impossible to repair because it does not grow back. Women have the highest % of ACL tears next to male athletes. It's completely avoidable if you wear proper supportive shoes.

Ever time I pass by a woman in their late 40s or older in the office they always walk with a limp or slight one. That's the sure sign of foot or ankle injury over time.
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Old 01-02-2019, 12:41 PM
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^^ I hear ya. I gave up heels 35 years ago.
(OK. I will wear 2" pumps for a funeral, job interview, or something like that. But how often does that need arise?)
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Old Yesterday, 11:05 PM
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Originally Posted by bpollen View Post
Podiatrist told me that 2" heels are probably the best for the foot. Total flat shoes aren't good, and heels higher than 2" aren't good. Add memory foam to the insole and a chunkier heel, and that's a healthy shoe.
I agree with you, except about flat shoes... which are great for my feet, as is walking barefoot as much as possible. Maybe it's because I don't have any problems with my arches, (they might be on the high side,) and I don't require any support? Walking barefoot (especially 'grounding' outside on grass) and wearing flat shoes and slippers helped me resolve a severe plantar fasciitis problem. (For the record, a lot of people with plantar fasciitis are advised not to walk barefoot... but I doubt that is effective for everyone.)

Originally Posted by ChessieMom View Post
My feet have remained the same size for all my adult life, except during the period where I had gained weight. My shoe size increased a half size during that time. When I lost the weight, my feet went back to their normal size. I don’t think it’s true that “your feet continue to grow all your life”.
I can believe that. A few years ago my weight dropped to just below what is supposed to be normal for my height on the BMI chart and all my shoes were loose. Eventually my weight went back to normal and so did the size of my feet.

With pregnancy, there is the weight gain but also ligaments get lax toward the end, which I imagine can cause feet to spread quite a bit.

Originally Posted by jetgraphics View Post
Anecdote mode on.
A woman I knew, had bought a pair of hand made boots from a Navaho cobbler, which had a spacious toe pocket. She kept resoling them. Never wore anything else. Very happy feet.
I wish I had known about resoling decades ago. I had the most perfect pair of shoes that I threw away after wearing a hole in the sole.
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Old Today, 03:26 PM
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Originally Posted by Debsi View Post
I'm on my first full-term pregnancy. So far I haven't noticed a change in my feet (other than my first corn on the bottom of one of them ), but I am fortunate in being able to rest plenty and not having a job that requires standing up for hours.

I agree that complete flats are bad too. I always make sure my shoes have good strong arch support, and that you can't bend the shoe together from heel to toe, a trick I picked up watching the podiatrist once.

I have a pair of Dansko platform heeled sandals that are probably 2.5 inches, but mostly these days I wear lower shoes than that. I have some cute Munro sandals that work, and some darling Cole Haan sneakers, in addition to my ultra comfortable black Chaco sandals. I only like the Chacos with no toe loop.

My favorite pregnancy shoe since it's cold out has been my Via Spiga slip-on sneakers similar to these: https://www.viaspiga.com/Shopping/Pr...834&pg=5255379

They're soft like buttah and fit great since I had them stretched out a bit in the toe at the cobbler.

I shop the sales for most of my shoes since I've about given up on cheap shoes not causing me grave pain after a couple hours. I've never tried Pikolinos, I'll look into them sometime and see if they fit my wide-in-front-normal-in-back foot shape.

Does anybody else still have a few pairs of uncomfortable but beautiful shoes on their shoe rack that they can't seem to part with even though they know they'll never wear them again?
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